High winds and sugar cane burning are being blamed for the fire that saw the Grand Mauritian Resort and Spa in Balaclava Mauritius badly ravaged by fire on the 09th of October 2011.
Guest video of the fire is below. Lead up footage shows the cane fields opposite the resort burning out of control, followed by the hotel being evacuated and then images from slightly north of the hotel in the Bay au Tortoise
Amazingly no one was hurt and all guests were evacuated from the grounds safely. The resorts restaurant, lobby, and 7 of the resorts villas were damaged and the hotel is in the process of working through its forward reservations to relocate inbound guests and manage the 350 strong workforce who run the resort.
The Grand Mauritian’s website has the following notice : –
On October 9th at 12 noon local time, a wild fire originating from the surrounding area spread to the The Grand Mauritian Resort & Spa in Turtle Bay, Mauritius. The hotel was promptly evacuated and the local fire brigade got on site to control and extinguish the blaze. Thankfully, none of our hotel guests, associates or other persons were injured. All guests have been offered the opportunity to relocate to other properties nearby, including the resort’s sister property, Le Méridien Ile Maurice. Currently, the hotel is not accepting any reservations.
Hotel management is working closely with the local authorities to investigate the cause of the fire. The safety, security and well-being of our guests and associates is our paramount priority.
For more information please contact our temporary Control Centre on +230 2043416.
For more information on Reservations, please contact our reservations office on +230 2043415.
Australian tour operators are assisting guests in relocating to other Mauritius resorts.
We wish all the team at the resort the best while they recover from this crisis and get back on their feet ! Please leave any comments or questions below, or on our Facebook page and we will do our best to answer them.
Regards – the Team @ VisitMauritius.com.au